You may be aware of the recent drama at Dekalb Medical, where Dr. Brad Bootstaylor and the midwives at SeeBaby had their hospital privileges revoked with two hours of notice. This created enormous stress for all the care providers at SeeBaby, and for the women who had chosen their practice--most of whom had sought out true midwifery care and the shared decision making that SeeBaby is known for.
As a doula, I’ve been at births with SeeBaby where moms faced a variety of labor challenges, some of which an average obstetrician would have encountered, and simply told the mom without discussion, “This is what we’re going to do.” With the SeeBaby midwives and Dr. Bootstaylor, the moms were always given the opportunity to make, and own, the decision--even in situations where perhaps there was only one option left to choose. For this reason, many women have chosen the SeeBaby practice because they desire a certain kind of birth, where they have real choices.
Whatever went on behind the scenes, I am appalled that Dekalb Medical left so many pregnant women in the lurch, without a place to deliver--even women on the verge of labor. We need more choices in the birth community, not less. We also need more providers who are willing to truly hear what women want, and not let their decisions be ruled by fears and protocols.
For the SeeBaby moms that find themselves stuck in the crossfire of this situation, doula care is one way to provide a safety net of support during a time of transition. If you are currently a SeeBaby mom, I would love to speak with you about whether having a doula will take some of the stress away and help you anticipate birthing with joy again.
One of the perks of unmedicated, natural delivery is babies who are born alert, responsive and ready to take it all in, like this little one.
Pregnancy is a state that puts new strains and pressures on every part of our body, including our pelvic floor. For most women, the pelvic floor is a part of our body we don't think about until it stops working or until we have to push a human through it. I highly recommend you take some time to listen to this fantastic podcast discussing how we can all support healthy function of our pelvic floor through pregnancy and postpartum recovery. Some of the topics covered are Kegels or no Kegels, squatting and how to do it right, and the reason you should stop wearing all shoes with heels.
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